Hi everyone, the calendar's telling me it's Friday again and as usual it's come around quite quickly. I'm not sure why, for me, because, as for lots of us, I found moments when it was a bit of a struggle to remain cheerful. I tried hard, I really did, and gave myself pep talks and fell back on how heroes of mine faced far worse, but I think the time had come for just a moment or two of indulgence in being really fed up!
I don't think it's wrong to do that once in a while. It’s just that it’s not a good thing to let it rumble on for too long, so with that thought I went off in search of any kind of cheerfulness, and found it in a song/dance called JERUSALEMA!
It’s one of those internet things which has gone viral around the world, and is a line dance set to the words of a song. It originated in South Africa, was composed by a musician going by the name of Master KG, and when friends videoed themselves dancing to it and it was uploaded to TikTok it spread like wildfire.
The words mean ‘Jerusalem is my home’ and it’s catchy and the dance is really easy to do. It must be, as even I’ve learned it at the age of 72 and I’ve got two left feet at the best of times, and sometimes feel as if I’ve got three. And it doesn’t need much space so I can even join in with the video in my tiny apartment. But it's also very upbeat to just listen to, if you have less mobility.
It's lively and cheering even on your own, but I was thinking what fun it would be for communities to do it together after lockdown (and when it's safe), to raise money for (maybe), coronavirus charities. It's a lovely simple thing to help bring the world together again after what's been a really dreadful time for us all.
There’s a link below to several different versions so that you can watch one, or watch them all if you'd like! They are all quite different!
I hope this week went well for you and that you feel some kind of cheer over the weekend. Mine will be, because if I feel fed up, I shall simply dance the Jerusalema!
Take care everyone and good luck to anyone whose has a date with the coronavirus vaccine coming up over the next few days!
Take care everyone. 💖